Valerie says that she is sharing her story so that others could learn from it: “Most people think, ‘It will never happen to me,’ but the truth is it can—and does. Everything else goes away if you don’t have disability insurance coverage and you can’t work.”
Figuring out if you need to protect your paycheck—really, your ability to earn an income—with disability insurance is pretty easy. If you have a job and you rely on your paycheck to meet your monthly bills and financial obligations, you need it.
In essence, disability insurance is there if you suffer an injury or illness and can’t work for an extended period of time. It will replace a portion of your income until you’re able to return to work again.
But most people who are working don’t have this basic protection for the long term, and often it’s because they assume they don’t need it. Here are four common mistakes people make when it comes to understanding disability insurance and its importance in protecting your ability to earn an income.
When asked if they know someone who has become disabled, the most common response is “no.” Yet, over 8.9 million American workers, over 5% of the workforce, are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits today, and SSDI is difficult to qualify for. If we change the question to: “Do know someone who has had cancer, a bad back or heart problems,” the response invariably becomes “yes.” One of the most enduring myths about disability is the average working American’s assumption that disabilities are most likely to be caused by an accident.
Without your paycheck, how long would you be able to make your mortgage or rent payment, buy groceries or pay your credit card bills without feeling the pinch? If you’re like most, it wouldn’t be long at all: Half of working Americans couldn’t make it a month before financial difficulties would set in, and almost […]
A Life Happens survey found that most people couldn’t make it a month without their paycheck before financial difficulties would set in. So, it’s easy to see how important disability insurance is.